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Small Business Shout-Out

Forecasters have predicted that post COVID-19 we will see a global shift towards small-scale producers. Here's our list of small SA businesses to support.

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House and Leisure has always proudly supported local and up-and-coming enterprises in the creative, design, food, travel, art and lifestyle industries.

As an ode to these local makers, we have compiled a list of South African businesses that we encourage you to support during this time of transition, whether it is by engaging with them on their social channels or ordering something special to be delivered to your home once the lockdown has been lifted.


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Here are the local businesses on our radar 


Food and Drinks  



Fresch online is a Cape Town-born enterprise that was founded from the passion of two young entrepreneurs to modernise the way customers shop for their dry goods. When ordering from Fresch, you can expect exceptional service, engaging content, and well-priced high. Fresch is an essential service provider and they are currently operating, so you can shop pantry staples from them during the lockdown.  

You can shop online at or contact them directly on  


Macro Mixes

Macro Mixes helps busy people eat better. As pioneers in the health food industry, they provide high protein, sugar-free and calorie-controlled baking premixes and porridges. Their products can help you overcome any obstacles you are facing in making nutritious eating delicious.

Their products are locally produced and as an added bonus, their packaging is 100% home compostable, meaning that placing an order with them will result in minimal negative environmental impact. Shop Macro Mixes at


Wijn Bar launches Wijnwinkel 

Wijn in Paarl is like no other bar. It’s a wine bar focused on discovering and bringing you unique wines, paired with great food and curated experiences. The bar allows everyone, no matter their level of wine expertise, to discover, taste, enjoy and take home amazing wines.  

Wijn has also launched an online store, Wijnwinkel, which allows customers to purchase mixed cases of exclusive wines at cellar-door prices, giving you a little but of that Wijn experience at home. You can start browsing their website and pick your selection of wine for delivery after the lockdown period.





Situated in Willowbridge in the Northern Suburbs, Summerhouse  is your go-to shop for anything fabric related. With a curated collection of home fabrics, plants, baskets, gifting and beautiful decor additions, Summerhouse will make your house a home. Summerhouse also provides a wide variety of ready-made cushion covers in beautiful designs, and offers a custom service. Here, the customer - with the input of the owner, stylist and previous House and Leisure Decor Editor, Chrizanda Botha - has the freedom to select their fabric of choice and combine it with some texture and/or prints readily available by the metre in-store.

Customers can contact Chrizanda directly via WhatsApp on 084 831 31 42, or Instagram where they will be taking orders, supplying labour quotations for curtains and blinds, assisting with fabric choices as well as sourcing of said fabric. Pillow covers and inners, in feather-down and hollow fibre, are sold separately and can be ordered online for delivery straight to your door after the lockdown.


The Cotton Company

The Cotton Company  is a lifestyle brand born from a love of the traditional artisanship of Turkish towels. Working alongside a family of artisans in the Aegean region of Turkey, every product is crafted to perfection.


The Cotton Company specialises in Turkish towels, hand towels, throws, and a gorgeous hand-woven range. Please note that orders will only be dispatched after the lockdown period.





Lulu & Marula

Lulu & Marula  is an all-natural, ethically produced skincare brand based in Cape Town. They create conscious, scientifically formulated skin care that works with skin to balance and boost its natural processes.


Lulu & Marula believes that caring for our skin is a much-needed daily ritual, for our minds as much as our bodies. Endorsed by the Beauty Without Cruelty association, Lulu & Marula products are not tested on animals and ingredients are all of natural origin. Lulu & Marula are able to deliver during the lockdown period.



JADE  is a niche jewellery brand that specialises in finding creative inspiration and beauty from around the world and translating it into wearable pieces of art. Internationally sourced raw pearls and semi-precious gems are locally crafted and creatively curated, providing JADE customers with one-of-a-kind jewellery adornments.


With three stores, located in Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Melrose Arch, JADE provides local and international jewellery enthusiasts with a variety of accessible ready-made and custom pieces, as well as products for wholesale.


You can shop online  as well as buy gift vouchers to support this local business that has successfully kept their doors open for the past 13 years.



Meraki Aesthetics Cape Town

Meraki Aesthetics Cape Town is a salon with a difference, not only offering clients a modern and private space to disconnect, relax and rejuvenate but also providing an earth-friendly service.


You can support them by buying a voucher to be used later and bookings can be made in advance online. For details, send an email to All vouchers are valid for 3 years from date of purchase. 



For the kids 


Tiny Tribe Kids

Tiny Tribe Kids specialises in simple, monochrome clothing for kids. Their range is 100% locally produced in Cape Town. All fabrics are sourced locally and only local factories and suppliers are used in their production process. All legging fabrics are lovingly hand-printed and hand-dyed. If you want to gift a special lockdown baby, you can order now for delivery after the lockdown has been lifted.



Smart Toy Club

Smart Toy Club is a monthly toy subscription service where customers receive a bag of pre-loved toys that have been cleaned and sterilised. Each month’s toys are specifically chosen for your child’s developmental stage and age. Your bag is delivered to your door, and the previous month’s bag is returned making the service super simple, affordable and sustainable.


Your Smart Toy Club bag will always include educational toys. Smart Toy Club includes wooden toys, trendy tech toys, books, puzzles and games to make for well-rounded playtime experience. You can sign up for their subscription service which starts at R299 per month and which will resume after the lockdown has come to an end.







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